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Essay on Oedipus Jocasta Creon and AntigoneAccording to ancient Greeks the state of human beings was always in constant tragedy This is due to the continuous control that the Gods exerted on all human beings The Gods determined their fate and if humans tried to change their destiny and thus their character they were punished The Gods required justice and never let someone go unpunished Sophocles wrote two plays that described these ideas The characters in these plays Oedipus Jocasta Creon and Antigone were bound to the Gods and trapped between various moral obligations A question that was deeply present in Greek conscience was that everyone needed to know their place in the universe as a human being Oedipus was on a continual search throughout King Oedipus for his identity The use of oracles in the play depict the importance of the Gods role in the Theban society Greeks depended on them for guidance and answers to problems Oedipus as the king of Thebes was morally obligated to his subjects to find the killer of Laius who is the source of the vile plague and promises that he will save the city just as he did when he solved the riddle of the Sphinx After sending Creon to the oracle at Delphi and speaking to Teiresias he believes that they are both planning to dethrone Oedipus In the interaction between Teiresias and Creon you can see Oedipus tragic flaw which is his pride Oedipus taunts Teiresias when he says that he is the killer of the previous king Oedipus refers to his track record and shows Teiresias if he was any good at prophesizing that he would have solved the riddle himself He holds himself as this overconfident and superior being because he possesses an intelligence that surpasses everyone in Thebes He also accuses Creon of wanting to be king and using the prophet as his pawn His pride also made him kill the king
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